Nuyorican Poets Cafe

Todays Date: 06/26/22
Last Update: 06/25/16 11:41:33 AM
Address: 236 East 3rd Street
New York,   

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VARIETY SHOW ON A WEEKDAY  | Open: 07/12/16 Close: 07/14/16
comedy! tragedy! animal acts! * music!  *animal acts subject to cancellation



The Nod  | Open: 10/28/12 Close: 12/16/12

BALAGAN BROTHERS are pleased to announce Tony Drazan’s THE NOD. THE NOD opens Sunday, October 28th and runs on most Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays through December 16th (21 total performances) at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe (236 East 3rd Street, between Avenues B and C in Manhattan). Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday performances start at 7:00PM with Sunday performances at 3pm. Admission is $23 ($18 for students); tickets and directions are available at or by calling 212-780-9386.


In THE NOD: Tony dealt with the hardships life threw at him with a simple accepting nod. A nod that said "everything's gonna be alright." Even if it wasn't or wouldn't be. Nodding was his way of coping -- coping with the kinds of fears universally shared. As a kid, the nod was a strategy to deal with his ‘crazy mama's’ seductive ways. As a grownup, he nodded to bluff his way in and out of lucrative writing gigs; nodded, as he would veer towards then away from the not quite available woman he loved. Over and over with self-effacing candor and deceit, he pretended to hold it all together, even as he felt it slipping from his grasp. Consumed by mortifying panic, suffocating breathe, and an epic aversion to the feelings he most feared and desired -- intolerable life affirming feelings like joy, serenity, fulfillment -- Tony started springing leaks not even Hans Brinker could plug. With little or no help from family or friends, doctors or shamans, therapists or gurus, he squandered his Hollywood wealth -- emptied his pockets, shelved his career. What happened then? He stumbled upon personal fortune. And now Tony sifts thru, picks up, and rearranges the pieces in this hilariously painful solo-performance at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe.



THE NOD plays the following schedule:


Sunday, October 28th, 2012 3pm

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 7pm

Sunday, November 4th, 2012 3pm

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 7pm

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 7pm

Saturday, November 10th, 2012 7pm

Sunday, November 11th, 2012 3pm

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012 7pm

Saturday, November 24th, 2012 7pm

Sunday, November 25th, 2012 3pm

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 7pm

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 7pm

Saturday, December 1st, 2012 7pm

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012 3pm

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 7pm

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 7pm

Saturday, December 8th, 2012 7pm

Sunday, December 9th, 2012 3pm

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 7pm

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 7pm

Sunday, December 16th, 2012 3pm


Tickets are $23; $18 for students/seniors and are now available online at www.nuyorican.orgor by calling 212-780-9386. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the theater ½ prior to performance.




The Nuyorican Poets Cafe(located at 236 East 3rd Street, between Avenues B and C in

Manhattan) is a short walk from the 2nd Avenue Station of the F train and the

Essex/Delancey Station of the J/M/Z trains.

For more detailed directions or other information about the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, visit or call 212-780-9386



TONY DRAZAN(Playwright/Actor) has written, directed and produced award-winning film and television for over 20 years. His film credits include ZEBRAHEAD(1992 Sundance Filmmakers Trophy; 30th NYFF), HURLYBURLY (1998 Venice Volpi Winner, Golden Bear Finalist), IMAGINARY CRIMES. For television he has written, directed, produced, or consulted on episodes of THE WEST WING, EDNY, AMERICAN PLAYHOUSE and LARRY SAUNDERS. He is currently writing a film directed by Alexander Payne slated for production in 2013-2014.


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Listings Information:

Who: Balagan Brothers

What: The Nod

Where: The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, located at 236 East 3rd Street

When: October 28 - December 16


New Year, Nuyorican  | Open: 01/17/11 Close: 02/28/11

Following an impromptu, sold-out show in November that left fans begging for more, Sarah Jones invites her audience to an intimate series of workshop performances offering an exclusive peek at her process.

From January 17 through February 28, for 14 performances only, Sarah will present New Year, Nuyorican at the renowned Nuyorican Poets Café (236 E. 3rd Street between Avenues B and C).  All performances begin at 8pm. Tickets are $20, with student rush tickets available with valid ID the day of the performance for $12. General admission tickets can be purchased online at, by calling 212.780.9386, or in person at the Nuyorican box office.

Since Bridge & Tunnel, which Meryl Streep proclaimed to be "One of the best performances I've ever seen", Sarah has performed everywhere from the main stage of the TED conference to the White House at the invitation of First Lady Michelle Obama. You may even have caught her recently in Chris Rock's "Good Hair" or on Oprah and Gayle Radio. But this time it's back to her roots in a different way as Sarah treats audiences to her first public (but unadvertised, word of mouth only) shows since Broadway--fittingly at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe where she got her start.

New Year, Nuyorican will include some of the multicultural characters from Bridge & Tunnel, as well as new characters who will grace a New York stage for the first time. Audiences will experience material in development, improv, plus an intimate Q&A with audience members. There will also be surprise special guests. Gloria Steinem, the groundbreaking feminist, journalist and social and political activist will join Sarah for the very first performance scheduled for Monday, January 17 at 8pm. The show will change from night to night, but each will surely be an experience to remember.

For more information about New Year, Nuyorican and Sarah Jones visit

Hee-haw: It's A Wonderful Li E  | Open: 12/03/09 Close: 12/20/09

“HEE-HAW: IT'S A WONDERFUL LI E” -- From Sam Wainwright's Perspective

The holidy season is fast approaching, which means the annual return of many cherished traditions. Heading this list is the yearly Christmastime viewing of the beloved film “It's a Wonderful Life”. Now,
thanks to playwright Daniel F. Levin, theatergoers have a chance to explore the seedier side of Bedford Falls with his new musical “Hee-Haw: It's a Wonderful Li e”. This vaudevillian tragedy provides an opportunity for the character of Sam Wainwright to finally tell his side, giving voice to the less likable people in the classic story. Hosting a night at the Palace, maybe tonight will be the night he wins back Mary Hatch!

December 3rd – December 20th. Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:00 P.M. and Sundays at 5:00 P.M. Opening night is December 4, 2009.

Tickets $18.00.

Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 East 3rd Street (between Avenues B and C), New York, NY.
F train to Second Avenue, R train to Eighth Street; 6 train to Astor Place.

For tickets, call 212-505-8183 or

Contact: Greg Kilarjian 201-487-1511


Criminal Acts  | Open: 06/26/08 Close: 06/28/08
CRIMINAL ACTS: An evening of comedic one act plays about crooks and
liars and their pursuit of the American Dream
VIRTUAL REALITY by Alan Arkin. Two hired men, strangers and complete opposites are waiting for the big drop off of a mystery package. One misstep could mean their lives.
THE WAY OF ALL FISH, by Elaine May. A lowly secretary attempts to extort her rich, high society boss.
MAFIA ON PROZAC, by Edward Allan Baker. Two aging hitmen contemplate life, death and their dreams while deciding the fate of a man they kidnapped.

CAST and CREW: VIRTUAL REALITY features Joshua Rivedal and Daniel Zen. THE WAY OF ALL FISH features Amy Blitz and Sharon Johnson. MAFIA ON PROZAC features Hugh Scully, Frank Schiavone and Daniel Zen.

Langston Hughes: An American Celebration  | Open: 02/21/08 Close: 03/02/08
To bring the life and work of one of the great writers of the Harlem Renaissance to a new generation comes Langston Hughes: An American Celebration, the new dramatic musical from the Philadelphia-based Theatre Double Repertory Company written and directed by Michael LeLand. A blend of choreopoem, musical, drama, and music concert, and infused with period pieces by Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen and Kurt Weil, this production explores how Hughes's era and art influenced one another. This limited 2-week run will be followed by a longer run at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and the Performing Arts in April 2008.